Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for a variety of conditions. Turmeric benefits are so great a bunch of articles have been written about it, from medical professionals to bloggers alike. It has different uses and benefits. It is arguably the powerful herb at fighting and preventing disease. Turmeric is a relative of ginger and grows in the tropical regions of Southern Asia. The majority is grown in India for curry. It’s roots are bulbs that produce rhizomes and stems for new plants with dull yellow flowers.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, its most important role. It has been used in both Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine to treat digestive, skin, liver, wounds, and different diseases. A number of lab test show curcumin does have anticancer effects. It kills cancer cells and prevents them from growing. For those not sick taking it as a preventive measure won’t hurt. There has been a lot of talk about turmeric and it’s anticancer properties but its preventive effects can be related to its antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage. The main point is more research needs to be done.
Antioxidants scavenge molecules known as free radicals that damage cells. They can go as far as damaging cell membranes, tempering with DNA and cause cell death. Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This is one of the reasons it is used for the skin. The antibacterial properties also reduce scarring and acne. WARNING turmeric is considered a natural dye so it does stain anything it comes in contact with yellow. If you have yellow residue on your skin dab a cotton ball in water or milk and rub it to remove the residue. Always perform an arm test to check for allergies to any of the ingredients !
TURMERIC BANANA DIY MASK
- mash 1/2 banana to smooth paste
- add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and stir well
- apply paste and leave on skin for 30 minutes
- wash with warm water
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